Q: Caroline, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your passion for art:
A: I often made little cards for my mother when I was quite young but was not a compulsive ‘scribbler’. As an adult I went to local adult art classes. Eventually to art college age 45 and specialised in printmaking. I graduated at 50!
Q: Can you tell us more about the artwork featured on this page?
A: These are conte and pencil drawings of the kind I make on the spot for a travel journal. Sometimes these get used as reference for a collagraph or wood engraving
Q: What are you currently working on/planning to work on?
A: I have an ongoing project about my allotment. It is a large ‘map’ – mixed media piece. I will make a set of small ‘ books’ about some individual vegetables and fruits, with printed elements, to accompany this. Also a set of small wood engravings about Castlerigg Stone circle which may also be a concertina book.
Q: Are there any events/exhibitions upcoming that you’re particularly excited about?
A: I have quite a lot of work in The Biscuit Factory summer show [open till august 25] My one paper sculpture ‘Bumblebees and Beans’ in an exhibition called ‘Seeking Routes’.. That is at the Quaker house Swarthmoor Hall in Ulverston, Cumbria and is supported by the Quaker Arts Network. Open until September 8th.
It is accompanied by other activities throughout the open period.
Q: Who is your favourite artist and/or what is your favourite art movement?
A: Impressionists and wood engravers!
Q: When did you become a Friend of the Hatton Gallery and why?
A: I think about1995, after I moved to Newcastle from Surrey. I needed to find a group to be involved with. I was chair from 1998 to 2005.
Q: What is your favourite part of being a Friend of the Hatton Gallery?
A: Meeting like minded people and sharing ideas.